Eek it’s March..

… I am still here and thought it’s about time I provided you with an update!

It’s been rather busy between work, family stuff and everyone laden with viruses but I have slowly been sewing… even though sometimes I wanted to throw the machine out of the window for misbehaving.Centre Triangles Hexagon

This is one of my favourite things at the moment! Trianges and hexies :) It’s my centre for a Round Robin bee but I definitely see a proper quilt coming like it soon!Churndash Block Stacked Rainbow Block

Some bee blocks (Churn Dash and Stacked Rainbows) for the Fat Stash Uk beeHexiefriends EPP flowers

And to complete my hexie craze I’ve joined in with the #hexiefriends phenomena on Instagram where you swap a flower with each other and the centre has your name and location. How cool will that be??

I’ve a few more things to show.. so later this week when I feel a bit more on top of things.

Hannah.x

First Finish of 2015

Technically… even though I’ve sewn this is the first actual finish and it’s something knocked off my FAL Q1 list too!

It’s my mini for the current round of the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Swap. I changed my mind so many times as I was a little out of my comfort zone with my partner Craftyhannah.

In the end I settle of a New York Beauty Circle of Flying Geese pattern… lot of paper piecing… mutterings and curves later it was pieced. Then it was the quilting… I dithered for about a week and half and in the end put on my fmq foot and big girl pants…. voila an organic waves pattern. It’s far from perfect but I love it :) And…. the back is amazingly fine!

Mini Swap Betteroffthread New York Beauty of Flying Geese (2)

There were a few I had my eye on in the IG Pool and what came was one of those! A gorgeous hexie out of B&C fabrics and some lovely goodies too including a portable EPP kit by the lovely Gretchen. Guess what will be coming to work with me tomorrow :)

Mini Swap Hexie Bonnie and Camille

My next swap is due in April for the UKmini hosted by BossyOz and I must say I’m intimidated again by my partner…. dithering over what to do……….

Then May it’s the Outlander swap I’m co-hosting with Kylie (still open details here). I’m resisting other swaps that are popping up as I have some secret sewing to finish…

Sometimes I wonder how does everyone manage to fit it all in?

Hannah.x

Quiet Play Zoo Animals BOM

Golly it’s been awhile since I’ve been here… the house has been/still is kinda flu ridden, a work trip to London has left me exhausted and sloooooooow in catching up on sewing!

But………… have you seen Quiet Play’s new BOM?

It’s running for nine months with a free pattern released each pattern (if you miss the month you can buy it). January’s pattern is the flamingo and it did not take me long to stitch it up at all (by the 3rd!)……….

2015-01-27 16.47.58The eye was a little tricky but so so worth it! Can’t wait for the next one to be available :)

Anyone else tempted to join in?

Hannah.x

P.S- if you’re a fan of Outlander (either the books or the series) see here for a general crafty swap that’s happening… More on that soon…

2015 Finish Along Q1 Goals

It’s that time of year again to declare some “finish” aims. Finish Along 2015 has jumped from Katy over to Adrianne. I think in the last quarter I put too much on myself so going to try and be a bit more realistic (yeah right?!) Especially since going back to work this work meant spending the past couple of days in a zombified stupor so………

NY Beauty Geese1. This needs to be finished by the 16th.. it’s for my partner in the Schnitzel and Boo mini swap. Last minute (aka sunday) I changed my mind on my original idea and going for this. I’m not overly keen on the rainbow palette so going for brights… the geese and spiky bits are all cut out..

Country Girls Tasha Noel Great Granny2. Granny Square quilt with Country Girls fabric. It’s all cut out waiting to be sewn. This was meant to be my sewing time before work this week if only I got up instead of dozing until well after my alarm.

3-5. As seen here the Harper Quilt, Oliver’s playmat and Farryn’s Quilt needs to be finished. The Harper quilt is all pieced and made the blocks (Georgina) for the back.. Farryn’s quilt pieced but Oliver’s hum not much progress……….. Oops and the children are now five months, nine months and eighteen months. Although to be fair I’ve set a habit of giving quilts on the second birthday ;)

Seal6. My Seal quilt… the photo above something like that.. This is of a wild seal on the beach down Godrevy a couple of weeks ago. The tide was in so most of the seals were near the cliff. this particular male had clamored over a lot of rocks!

The only thing I have to decide is pixels or applique… then start :)

I also have some toys (Phil the monkey, Owl and Dragon) to finish, a couple of sewtogether bags and a Sidekick Tote for me with Linen and woodland fabrics. Plus the Ukminiswap and also in my head is a whimsical woodland animal quilt with triangles but next time eh?

So… are you planning any finishes this quarter? Linking up with On the Windy Side.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Hannah.x

Angles and the IGMini Swap

Isn’t it interesting how different our brains work? How something one way your brain can’t cope with very well turn it around and it’s something you instantly love! This happened to me on the IGMini Swap.

A month ago I received a customs demand for over £20 for something from the USA. This did not happen at a good time being almost Christmas etc but it turned out it was my IGMini! I waited til payday before paying the ransom and then it arrived…

IG Mini Swap 30s repro mini sampler (2)

IG Mini Swap 30s repro mini sampler (3)Look at all those goodies and 30s fabrics! Normally I’m not a sampler person but I just loved the look of this and that’s the way it will be going on my wall. Once I fiddle with the hanging tab- the creator the lovely SewAggie originally intended it to be hung with those lone squares at the top but to my brain it is more appealing to have the pattern dance from left to right and I just love the fact there are hexies in there!

IG Mini Swap 30s repro mini sampler (1)And… just look at that quilting! Superb!

IG Mini Swap EPP Diamonds (2)My partner was barely on Instagram and didn’t give much away in clues mostly that she liked blue. She had already done a few patterns I had in mind so in the end I decided on EPP some diamonds in a rotating star pattern. I spent ages dithering over the binding and as I was too scared to try an invisible binding with all those edges I opted for a normal one. Which now to me it detracts from the design a little too much! It is slightly handquilted in the centre and the rest machine quilted.

I FMQ the hell out of that basket there too :) Plus it’s one more thing ticked off my FAL Q4 list!

I now need to spend some time fiddling with minis on the wall- how do you do yours? I’ve tried some tape but it keeps falling down and wary of pushpins as they will leave holes in the fabric.

Hannah.x

Little Quilts Swap

So.. a few months ago Sarah Fielke organised a mini quilt swap from the book she cowrote with Amy Lobsiger. I couldn’t resist and signed up!

My partner liked colour and so after a bit of thought I decided on the Fans of May pattern from the book and eventually ended up with this…..

Little Quilts Fans of May FMQ (1)It is one of my favourite quilts from last year and at times it was tough- who knew that ric rac melts and I dislike how much of a mess woolen fabric leaves! I was also naughty and deviated from the pattern slightly by adding buttons to the fans but I thought it looked better and helped to hide the odd foundation piecing mistake!

Little Quilts Fans of May FMQ (2) Little Quilts Fans of May FMQ (3)After doing Sarah’s class at the West Country Quilt Show I practiced my FMQ on the border and the basket gift.Long way to go yet fmq wise but at least it’s a step in the right direction!

It’s also one thing ticked off my FAL Q4 list too!

Little QuiltsThis is what I received from my partner isn’t it lovely? I’ve been oohing and aahing over the pattern in that book and the little pouch and extras are cute!

Unfortunately I don’t think my partner had much experience with foundation piecing before as there are a few mishaps- the points are quite far away meeting up and there’s an exposed seam.I’ve done a fair bit of foundation piecing this week so will share those projects and tips/comments on the technique soon.

But I do love the fabric and am grateful she put all the effort into making this after all that’s what counts and trying new things! But… what to do with it? What do others do with mini quilts if they aren’t on the wall?

Hannah.x

Last of the Christmas Makes

Yes I know it’s now 2015! But I forgot to show you these……..

Elf StockingAn Elf Stocking for my youngest nephew. Thanks to Helen for bringing hers along to the Exeter Sewing Meet Up I just knew this is what I needed to do. Sadly it’s a bit more for decoration than actual use but next year it has been requested a personalised sack.

And guess what? It’s another thing ticked off my FAL Q4 list :)

Back in November I met up with my friend Liz (Madmumknits) and we had a crafty time playing with epp decorations and a ribbon wreath.

P1110585Isn’t it lovely? I was going to do an EPP star in the middle but ran out of time….. the Joy decoration is one from the lovely Celine in an handmade ornaments swap from IG. This was another thing from my FAL Q4 list but can I find the photo………

Ornaments SwapThis is what I received though- aren’t they all lovely?!

Hannah.x

2014 Reflections

I can hardly believe that today is the last day of 2014 it hardly seems like it! This year has been a bit of a rollercoaster- there’s been two additions to the family (a niece and a nephew). Dayjob wise I became a line manager, nominated for an “unsung hero” award and precariously balanced deadline after deadline. Then it’s the sewing… gifts, commissions and my first entry into Festival of Quilts! Topped off with meeting some online friends for the first time in my trip to the midlands in August :)

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I’ve made a lot of things but I haven’t actually kept a tally/list maybe 2015 though… I must say that this quilt I did for the #littlequiltsswap is one of my favourites. Maybe as it’s called Fans of May and I’m a May baby..

Fans of May LittleQuilts

Yes I know it’s not normally me but just look at it :) Blog post on this and what I received soon!

It’s no wonder looking back I started to feel burn out a couple of months ago especially when sewing started to feel like a chore with my constant to do list. I worry too much and it is important to give yourself time to unwind and relax. 2015 I hope to achieve a bit more of a balance between work, sewing and myself especially since I’ve got a fair few things in the pipeline! Reading and baking tends to help me but I’ve done so little baking this year.

However I have managed to reach the goal of reading 52 books this year! The challenge is continuing on into 2015 so if you fancy trying it just take a peek at the Facebook page here.

EPP AMH

Hope everyone has a great New Year’s Eve see you in 2015! I’m planning on spending tonight with a long term epp wip that I started this time last year and plotting my Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt :)

Hannah.x

2015 Sewing Goals

So.. as 2014 is drawing to a close it’s time to think about aims for next year and inspired by Kerry over at Pennydog here’s my list of sewing goals for 2015!

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1. Conquer precut fear- above is my current collection of precuts. 4 Layer Cakes, 3 Jelly Rolls and 13 Charm Packs. I did have more but I either gave or destashed some… They are pretty to look at butI hate the idea of wasting them on random things so they have just stayed in the drawer. I need to design patterns and use these up.

P11104502. Attempt more dressmaking- last year I did made a Ginger skirt, cut out a flora dress and modified the pattern for the Plaintain tunic but that’s it…. I really need to make the use of these patterns then I can get more ;)

3. Write/publish patterns- been thinking about this for a good while.. as it could help fund my fabric obsession and be a good way to get these ideas out of my head on to paper and actually made!

4. Try new quilting techniques- I really want to do a pixel quilt or applique art quilts to do with seals!

5. Get a good in the next FOQ entry- of course this means I’ll also need to design and make something for it too :)

P1110446In addition this is some of what is hanging on the back of my chair pieced quilts in various stages…. I really ought to get a move on and finish these!

P1110448And……….. some present additions this month :)

Is everyone managing to sew or partake in the sales? Don’t forget if you want to win some of Kerry’s fabric in the goal linkup you only have three more days :)

Hannah.x

Happy Holidays

I hope everyone has had a good Christmas and enjoying some time off! As usual I was still finishing off a couple of gifts right up til boxing day ooops.

This is the quickest quilt I ever made… technically the border and backing fabric (the same blue fleur de lils) did not arrive until Monday. I’m so in love with that fabric think I need to order more to turn into a dress but which dress??

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I knew there was a reason I never tried a panel before… the quilting is awful. I tried bobbinline for the first time so not sure if it was that or tension issues combined with my poor basting skills but it was a struggle getting it through the machine stitches were off and weird.

But… the recipient loved it! A 26 year old eeyore mad sister in law :) I even finished  a parisian themed sew together bag for the mother in law.. sadly considering it was finished ten minutes after we needed to leave for boxing day lunch the photos turned fuzzy.

Hannah.x

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